Jacob Bodenheim (born about 1805 in Prussia) is my 3rd great-grandfather. He was married two times (possibly three). Here is what I have so far and you should immediately see my problem.
Jacob and Agnes Küchen married about 1833, all children born in Ollheim
Anna Sibilla born 11 Jan 1834
Agnes born 04 Feb 1835
Anna born 09 Sep 1836
Heinrich born 09 Aug 1839
Anna Maria born 23 Sep 1840
Jacob born 30 Aug 1842
Wilhelm born 20 Jul 1844
Valentin born 08 Jun 1848
Jacob and Anna Maria Krümmel married 03 Dec 1851 in Ollheim, all children born in Ollheim
Theodor born abt 1852
Magdalena born abt 1854
Anna born abt 1856
Mathias Joseph born 31 Aug 1858
The above two I am pretty sure are the same Jacob. Notice the multiple Annas. All of these names and birth dates from from church birth registers and are all definitely different children. One possibility is that several of these children died so they reused the names. Death registers would be helpful in this case (still looking for those). Right now I am working off of indexes. The actual records have been ordered and I am hoping that they will yield more info. You can see that I don’t have exact birth dates for several of the children. The indexes don’t have the full information.
Now it gets even more convoluted. I have a copy of my 2nd great-grandfather’s civil birth record (not one of the church records). He is Valentin Bodenheim, the youngest of Agnes’ children. This civil birth registration states that his father Jacob was 43 years old at the time of Valentin’s birth putting his date of birth at about 1805. That means that Jacob was already 28 when he married Agnes. Could there be another marriage?
In neighboring Friesheim there is
Jacob Bodenheim and Anna Magdalena Brenner married about 1825, all children born in Friesheim
Anna Sophia born 02 Jan 1826
Anna Catharina born 03 Feb 1828
Gerhard born about 1830
Gertrud born about 1830 (twins?)
Peter born about 1832
Johann born about 1833
Then the children stop. They stop just in time for Jacob to marry Agnes.
This is the current dilemma I am working on. I am going to need a ton of records to sort this one out but lucky for me some of the records I need are on microfilm at the Family History Library. I have a total of six children name Anna. Ouch. In a perfect world I would be able to get birth, marriage and death records on everyone listed but I am sure that isn’t going to happen, however, the more records that I can find the better my family will come together.
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